Job Description:

General Manager, KAZU

University Corporation at Monterey Bay

Salary: $110,000.00 - $120,000.00 Annually

Job Number: 2023-00040

Location: CSUMB Main Campus- Seaside, CA

Department: KAZU


Open Until Filled. Priority Screening Date: December 1, 2023.
The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a non-profit institution that is related and affiliated with the California State University, Monterey Bay. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefits corporation that is a recognized auxiliary organization of California State University and was established in July 1994. The University Corporation's mission is to further the educational purposes of the University. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State Population. The University Corporation at Monterey is committed to a standard of excellence in the services it provides and in the quality of work expected of its employees.

KAZU is operated under the legal oversight of the University Corporation at Monterey Bay (University Corporation), an auxiliary of California State University Monterey Bay (University) and the California State University system.

KAZU is the flagship National Public Radio (NPR)-member radio station for the Monterey Bay Area, licensed in Pacific Grove, California, United States, by the University Corporation. The programming KAZU provides for this region includes twenty-four hour “over-the-air” broadcasts and digital platforms that provide a vital service to the listening community through local news and current events at both the national and world levels. The station's key programming includes its website, “” as well as its two mobile applications, KAZU and NPR One. For national and international news, KAZU incorporates programming from NPR, BBC World News, PRI (Public Radio International) and APM (American Public Media).

The General Manager (GM) is responsible and accountable for overall administration, personnel, programming, financing technical operations, and public relations of KAZU. The GM's primary role is to ensure the effective day-to-day operations of the station in leading the development and administration of strategic and operating plans, and evaluates programs for compliance with the overall mission of the station.

Examples of Duties
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include. but are not limited to. the following:


• Provides day-to-day management of the station's facilities to include directly overseeing the station's news department and broadcasting and production operations to advance the mission, vision, values, strategic goals and operational requirements of KAZU.
• Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of employees in department.
• Develops staff through team building, goal setting, mentorship, training opportunities, coaching, evaluation and recognition.
• Assesses the department's structure and provides direct support in integrating effective roles, responsibilities, and workflows.
• Identifies operational / process innovations as appropriate to optimize efforts.
• Maintains proficiency to remain ahead of trends in content-making, technology, and distribution.
• Promotes and maintains an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service within KAZU as a public radio station and NPR Affiliate.
• Develops and maintains strong relationships with the community to include business, professional, political and University leadership.
• Leads and empowers cross-divisional teams for organization-wide projects. Promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values leadership, collaboration, learning, relationships, and a commitment to quality.

Programming- Content-Broadcast Operations

• Oversees the end-to-end process of original content creation, from ideation and pitching to production, post-production, and distribution. Work closely with content creators, producers, journalists, and talent to ensure the delivery of journalistically sound, high-quality, relevant, and compelling original content.
• Oversees the effective and efficient execution of content and programming
• Ensures excellent programming that generates listener support, meets community needs, and fulfills the mission of KAZU and the University Corporation, as well as complies with all relevant NPR, CPB and University Corporation policies, requirements, and state and federal laws.
• Monitors and evaluates program content staff across defined platforms; identifies and integrates staff skills required to effectively execute content strategies.
• Designs and executes strategies for expanding content offerings on existing and emerging platforms, with an aim of attracting new audiences and deepening engagement with existing audiences.
• Identifies and incorporates recommendations applicable to KAZU's established program design and promotional selection to ensure the best delivery while utilizing best-practices for scheduling and audience metrics to measure results.
• Expands opportunities for public broadcasting beyond traditional areas to broaden the funding base and external support.
• May host on-air.

Membership / Fundraising/ Marketing

• Works with Membership Director to implement member drives, underwriting programs, and major donor programs.
• Ensure all fund drives are organized, publicized, staffed, and premiums are sent out in a timely manner.
• Cultivates and maintains relationships with local donors, funding organizations and foundations.
• Ensure an active social media presence and functioning website for the station.

Sales / Underwriting

• Assists staff with fundraising strategies including identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospective and existing individual, institutional and business prospects, donors and underwriters.
• Oversees the outreach to the regional audience through strategic marketing, events, and in-person and online/digital engagement.


• Ensure transmitter function and compliance with all necessary local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
• Ensure maintenance of physical space and equipment.
• Ensure that public safety measures are in place at the station for paid and unpaid staff, volunteers, and visitors.

Internship Program

• Ensures the development of an academically sound internship program for students, ensures the stations support student learning, and provides part-time employment opportunities for qualified students.

Administrative and Financial

• Successfully manage resources with the Station by effectively meeting goals and implementing management programs and procedures that assure efficiency of operations.
• Ensures the stations operate within their approved budgets by establishing policies for reviewing and approving the departmental expenditures, exercising approval authority for expenditures of funds, where necessary, and exercising direct approval authority for expenditures.
• Heads efforts to develop partnerships and ensures financial stability through ongoing fundraising efforts and cost control.
• Improve gross and net income through quality programming, devising and implementing a plan for fundraising in and outside of the station, budget management, and compliance.
• Manages the strategic direction and oversight of the budget, expenditures, and long-term financial sustainability
• Provides oversight for rules compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and other station broadcasting certification requirements.
• Identifies, incorporates and evaluates key metrics and trends to be shared within KAZU and to University Corporation and University.
• Responsible for maintaining compliance with the station rules and regulations as a department within University Corporation.
• Maintains station relationship data and presents it as needed in the form of dashboards, reports, presentations and meetings.
• Engage and communicate with the board around station strategy, operations, and governance.


• Promotes and maintains an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service within the radio station.
• Promotes a positive image of the University through participation in community and professional organizations, representing the University at professional meetings and on community committees, and establishing and maintaining credible relations with local and area news media.
• Keeps current on industry trends via conference attendance, trade publications, social media and direct contact with colleagues and other broadcast professionals.
• Attend and report at the University Corporation Board meetings upon request.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information.


• On-Site Position
• Work Location: 100 Campus Center, Seaside CA

Successful candidates must be familiar with all areas of broadcast station operations including administration, budget, fundraising, technology and engineering, FCC regulations and compliance, CPB requirements, audience and community relations, production, underwriting, and ensure compliance with all applicable governmental, NGO, Foundation and University policies. Experience with station growth through increased efforts and effectiveness of membership fundraising and business underwriting sales. Experience with on-air and station management responsibilities, including emergency operations and response; on-air pledge drives, and long-term strategic planning, including the establishment of a volunteer station support structure. Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal and problem-solving skills; the ability to work in a changing environment; and familiarity with current technology practices and standards. A proven track record in operational, administrative, fiscal, personnel, and volunteer management; extensive fundraising experience

Education and Experience:
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in a field directly related to the job responsibilities
Eight (8) years of experience in broadcasting in non-commercial radio station operations.

Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required education on a year-for- year basis.


• Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity, community service and institutional excellence.

Special Conditions of Employment
The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the University Corporation. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current University Corporation employees who apply for the position.

This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education's Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and California's Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues. Our Equal Opportunity Policy Statement is available

Please note: University Corporation employment is separate and distinct from CSU Monterey Bay or State of California employment. University Corporation employees are not employees of either CSUMB or of the state of California.

All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S. The University Corporation is not a sponsoring agency for any positions.

University Corporation at Monterey Bay positions are “at-will” employment.

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.

The campus leadership has committed the resources needed to achieve an engaged, safe, and in-person experience. The health and safety of our community remain our highest priority, and we are confident that existing public health measures provide for a safe environment capable of delivering a complete college experience on the CSUMB campus. Being an Otter means caring for each other and doing your part to protect your community.

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at

Sensitive Positions - This position has been designated as a sensitive position with:

• authority to commit financial resources of the university through contracts greater than $10,000 access to, or control over, cash, checks, credit cards, and/or credit card account information responsibility or access/possession of building master or sub-master keys for building access; access to controlled or hazardous substances
• access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards
• control over campus business processes, either through functional roles or system security access


• This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education's Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California's Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

Special License or Certifications and Conditions:

• Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.
• May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.

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The University Corporation is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students, and the customers we serve. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources. Classification: Grade 9, Management. The annual salary range for this position is $110,000-$120,000. This is an exempt position and as such is not eligible for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Corporation offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits, contributory retirement plan, TSA (403b), and other benefits. Please review our for details about sick time, vacation, and holidays.

The Corporation also offers access to CSUMB's Faculty & Staff Meal Plans, which offers convenience, value, flexibility, to our all-you-can-to-eat dining commons, showcasing eight brand new dining concepts for an affordable price.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay also provides access to affordable campus housing:

Although CSUMB is located in a high-cost housing area, Schoonover Park rental homes are affordably priced. Monthly rent rates include cable television, garbage service, and sewer. Convenient floorplans, attractive interior appointments, and numerous community amenities make Schoonover Park Rental Homes an exceptional value. Schoonover Park is near the main campus, yet a tranquil world away. The community lies nestled in the secluded beauty of rolling coastal hills three miles east of campus. Living in one of the most desirable areas of California, you will enjoy the natural splendor and cultural abundance of the Monterey Peninsula. Quality of life begins with your home in Schoonover Park and extends through every aspect of your California coastal lifestyle.

All prospective applicants must apply online. You must complete the entire application for submission. We only accept applications for the open positions listed. Please do not fax or mail in a printed version of the electronic applications or a resume in lieu of an application. If you are having difficulty applying or need assistance, please call (831) 582-3389. All positions are open until filled. The completed online application and resume must be submitted by 5:00 pm PST on the priority screening date. Applications received after this date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Corporation.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The Corporation is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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Seaside, CA
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Thursday, December 14, 2023
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